Horseshoe Trail is on a mountainous hike within Golden Gate State Park— a narrow canyon with pines and abundant aspen stands, switchbacking up to meadows and views. This is just one of 42 miles of trails in the park.

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It’s March, and there is snow and thick ice to maneuver on the trail in the canyon. The hike is much more than I expected in the foothills near Denver. It’s beautiful, quiet, and peaceful. 

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Spring and Winter — clothing, footwear, and traction support are essential for ever-changing conditions throughout your day.

The sun was warm, the breeze chilly, and the trail in spots treacherous with ice and snow.

The traction devices we use are — Yaktrak Diamond Grip and Kahtoola Microspikes.

Don’t let this hike intimidate you! It’s been a slow and steady uphill but mildly moderate — a perfect beginner trail. So, get ready for your summer hikes, or let the kids loose outside.

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Untouched snow fields sparkle in the sun, and we find ourselves at level terrain among numerous Aspens. It must be glorious with color in the fall.

Our destination was John Frazer’s Cabin which he homesteaded in 1869, following Horseshoe Trail to Frazer Meadow. Several intersecting trails in the meadow will keep you going all day if you desire.

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Horseshoe Trail to Frazer Meadow

3.8 miles out and back

Rated: easy/moderate



Elevation gain: Approx 950′

Nearest towns: Blackhawk, CO / Golden, CO



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